New Delhi: “I am a twenty-something with a backache like a sixty-something.” is a very relatable meme that goes around social media and while every twenty-something finds it amusing at first, the fact that they can relate to it worries them. Backaches are becoming increasingly common among people and the lifestyle and food choices they follow are to blame, largely. While other factors like an injury, family history of bone issues, etc. can affect the issue, posture, lack of exercise and the kind of food we eat do have a great impact on it.
While back problems may require a medical solution if the problem persists for a very long time, for short-term, not so serious back problems that may arise due to bad posture while sleeping or sitting, or due to lifting heavy weights, or by just exercising out of the blue which leads to a cramp, you can always use certain home remedies to treat the problem faster. If you are experiencing backache due to any of these issues, here are some home remedies you can try.
Getting a massage is extremely relaxing and having a backache is the perfect excuse. Hire a professional masseuse to help you treat the pain right and indulge in a relaxing experience. A massage helps improve circulation and acupressure points also help relieve pain.
Hot and cold compress
Hot and cold compresses, used at different times, according to the time of the injury or pain, can really help in treating the backache. A cold compress is generally used right after an injury or strain as it helps in reducing initial inflammation and also helps in numbing the pain. A hot compress is used if the muscle pain lasts even after days of the injury.
Exercise, stretching and yoga
Regular exercise can help in relieving backache as stretching the muscles opens them up, improves circulation and aids healing of any injuries. Yoga is a great way to stretch the muscles. Certain poses like the cobra pose, downward dog, boat pose, etc. are very beneficial for people with back problems.
Essential oils and ointments
Massages or just applying essential oils and certain ointments can really help in relieving backache. A study has shown that topical ointments can be as helpful and effective as oral medications. Applying lavender, almond or apricot oil on the affected area may help in reducing pain.
One shot solution for almost any kind of pain or injury is turmeric milk, and its benefits and uses have been around for centuries now. Mothers insist on the consumption of turmeric milk in case of an injury or pain as a home remedy as they are aware of the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the herb. Drinking turmeric milk regularly can help soothe the muscles and relieve pain.